Two Rivers Housing Warns Residents of Bogus Tradesmen
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Low cost homes provider Two Rivers Housing has issued a warning to their residents following receipt of a high volume of calls about bogus contractors pretending to be from Two Rivers.
There have been cases recently in the Bream and Coleford area. Two Rivers are very concerned that thieves could be impersonating members of their team in order to try and gain access to vulnerable people's homes.
Chief Executive, Garry King, stressed the importance of safety precautions when dealing with callers to the home.
"We are in the process of reminding all tenants to be as attentive as possible when granting access to properties. Residents should always ask to see identification and if there are any doubts at all we would ask that they contact the office straight away on our Freephone number 0800 316 0897.
"Even though this may cause slight delays to work routines, I do believe this is the right course of action for the safety and protection of our residents."
Our purpose is to help the community by providing low cost homes to local families. It is important that residents ask for identification when they are expecting workmen the vast majority of personal calls to our homes are by pre-arranged appointment and all of the Two Rivers' repairs staff wear uniforms, carry identification cards and arrive in branded vans.
Any contractors visiting properties on behalf of Two Rivers will carry identification also. Tenants must ensure this is shown to them before they allow entry to their home.
Force Crime Reduction Officer, Paul Francis, said: "Don't let people in unless it's someone you know and trust or a business caller who has made a pre-arranged appointment.
"Please stick firmly to this rule whatever organisation the caller claims to represent, and however urgent they say the required work is.
"In the meantime, check their story by phoning the organisation they claim to represent.
"No representative of a legitimate organisation will mind at all waiting while you do this."